Archive for December, 2017

China’s ivory trade clampdown, Ringling closure, B.C. grizzly hunt ending among top wildlife victories of 2017

China’s ivory trade clampdown, Ringling closure, B.C. grizzly hunt ending among top wildlife victories of 2017

By Monday, China shuts down the latest tranche of its 177 ivory-carving factories and retail outlets. This is a breathtaking outcome, with the government delivering on its pledge to end its domestic ivory trade. China’s leaders, after beginning talks on the issues with their U.S. counterparts in 2015, made the commitment, recognizing that domestic consumption . . . 

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HSI deals a blow to poachers, traders by choking off the display and sale of wildlife at massive Indian fair

HSI deals a blow to poachers, traders by choking off the display and sale of wildlife at massive Indian fair

At the annual Sonepur fair in India, trading in wildlife became something of a global spectacle for people drawn to this sordid and sickening enterprise. Poachers and traffickers would capture animals, including elephant calves from forests in Northeast India, and sell them at a de facto wildlife auction through the fair in Bihar, an Indian . . . 

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A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

In 2017, there were some mean-spirited, aggressive attacks on animal welfare that stirred the conscience and passions of tens of millions of Americans – particularly the readers of A Humane Nation. These maneuvers made so many of us question the wisdom and judgment of some elected officials at the federal level. In one of the . . . 

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Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

The HSUS pursues multi-channel reform efforts, and in 2017 we made extraordinary progress by pushing forward on a hundred fronts – in the federal courts, in protecting wolves, farm animals, and other creatures at risk of suffering or under threat; in legislatures throughout the world in passing anti-cruelty laws; in corporate board rooms, whether in . . . 

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Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules adopted in 2016 and in January 2017 to protect grizzly . . . 

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HSUS stays the course for animals in Puerto Rico with Operation Viva Vieques

HSUS stays the course for animals in Puerto Rico with Operation Viva Vieques

Our longstanding work in Puerto Rico was made all the more urgent when Hurricane Maria pummeled the islands and all but eliminated utilities, transportation, and other essential services for weeks and, in some parts, months. Given our work on the ground, and our connections with so many key constituencies in Puerto Rico, we were in . . . 

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Breaking news: British Columbia strengthens ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Breaking news: British Columbia strengthens ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Today, British Columbia’s New Democratic Party government delivered on its campaign promise and more by announcing a provincial ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears, even if the hunters involved claim they eat the meat of the animal. The NDP, in cooperation with the Green Party, ousted the Liberals in elections earlier this year, gaining . . . 

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Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

Our federal government is in the business of killing native carnivores and birds in mindboggling numbers every year, mainly with your tax dollars. It’s an obscure program, euphemistically known as USDA Wildlife Services, and it amasses an annual body count in the millions, including wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, foxes, and countless species . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today that it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018. Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which had a revenue . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654, this evening, getting us dramatically closer to the day when the nation has a federal anti-cruelty statute that allows the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and also the sexual exploitation of innocent . . . 

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